Technological advancement in the last century has had a drastic impact on the way individuals communicate. The introduction of ever-progressing cell phone technology, personal computers, and social media has enabled increased control over our personal interactions with each other and is playing a large part in the shifting of social values and priorities. As communications technologies continue to advance ever further, it calls to question whether the shift in communications is a good thing or a bad thing and whether technology is aiding or hurting personal relationships.
After reading the module notes and all of the supplemental materials, respond to the following:
How has the use of technology affected people’s ability to communicate face to face?
Do you think that the mere presence of technology, such as in the form of smart phones, affects people’s ability to communicate with individuals in a public place?
Has the increase of technology decreased both the quantity and quality of face-to-face interactions? In what ways have you experienced these changes?
Do you see a change (increase or decrease) in this human-technology dependency in the future? What kind of change do you favor?
Support your position using appropriate sources that are properly cited.